Commercial earns editorial contest honors

The Pine Bluff Commercial staff and contributors won several awards Saturday in the Arkansas Press Association’s 2013 Editorial Contest.

William Harvey, a freelance photographer who contributes frequently to The Commercial, won first place for Single Sports Feature Photograph and second place for Single News Photograph and Picture Page/Photo Essay. Harvey also earned honorable mention for Single News Photograph and Single Sports Action Photograph.

Commercial Sports Editor I.C. Murrell won second place for Sports Feature Story.

Commercial Managing Editor Scott Loftis and page designer Joseph Stout won second place for Best Front Page.

Matthew Pate, a regular contributor to The Commercial’s editorial pages, won second place for General Interest Column.

Commercial staff writer Rick Joslin earned honorable mention for Feature Story.

The awards were announced Saturday at the APA’s annual convention in Eureka Springs.